The U.S. overdose crisis has worsened dramatically with the arrival of synthetic opioids like fentanyl. A new RAND report found that deaths involving synthetic opioids increased from roughly 3,000 in 2013 to more than 30,000 in 2018.
In an era of great power competition, the United States can no longer assume that air bases will be sanctuaries. An enemy could disrupt air operations with attacks on a few high-payoff targets at main operating bases or the joint air operations center.
As the world's two largest economies, the United States and China face increasingly similar public health challenges. RAND's Jennifer Bouey outlines some potential initiatives that should be considered for future U.S.-China collaborations.
RAND experts have testified and answered questions for staff on a variety of homeland security topics this year, including terrorism prevention, fentanyl flows into the United States, and Coast Guard workforce issues.
How is the illicit flow of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids impacting communities across the United States? A recent RAND report examined mortality and seizure data at the state level across several drug classes to better understand the evolution and concentration of overdose fatalities in the United States.
The summer recess provides an opportunity to get ahead of issues that will resurface in the fall. To that end, RAND has compiled recent research on topics likely to top the congressional agenda come September.
In light of Congress' efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, RAND has collected commentaries from its experts that address several aspects of the nation's main federal law governing postsecondary education.
RAND's Bryce Pardo discusses how illicitly manufactured synthetic opioids, often from China, are changing the U.S. drug policy landscape. He outlines four potential policy responses to combat the synthetic opioid crisis.
Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are hitting roads around the nation for pilot testing, and autonomous taxi fleets are expected within a few years. While there may be benefits to widespread use, policymakers will need to consider potential drawbacks as well.
In an era of strategic competition, adversaries are engaging in activities below the threshold of war--an area commonly called the “gray zone.” How can the United States mitigate these threats and gain strategic advantage?